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LATEST CASE NUMBERS
As Sunday, March 7, the state reports that 306,939 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 114,755 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 100,914 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 75 new cases since yesterday, 1,590 active cases, and 97,943 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 4,630 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 63 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,381 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.
House Bills 121 and 230 would give elected officials and legislators more oversight in emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Greg Gianforte’s pick for health director has garnered both praise and criticism for his past in Kentucky, where he sought to add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program and was a top health official during a hepatitis A outbreak.
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana is building its new health services clinic largely from scratch roughly a year after becoming the United States’ 574th federally recognized Indigenous tribe. Because of the pandemic, it’s doing it on hyperdrive.
Lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would essentially nullify local health measures like mask mandates and prohibit local governments and health officials from adopting similar requirements in the future.